Our outing was actually a birthday party for one of Ethan's classmates - a sweet boy with a shy smile but quick giggle. We all piled (literally) onto a big wagon, and bumped up a huge hill - or small mountain depending on how you look at it! From there, the families dispersed to find their favorite varieties of apples.
The kids had so much fun running up and down the rows of apple trees, plucking apples and exclaiming over the shape and size of each and every single apple. I was amazed at Olivia's ability to not only pick the apples from the low branches, but to collect and carry four, even five apples in her plump little arms. Ethan - an apple picking veteran - filled his 1/2 peck bag within a few minutes, then would trot over to put his apples into Daddy's huge 1/2 bushel bag.
Yes, Mr. Juggling Act had a 1/2 bushel bag... our hosts had generously provided each family with a 1/2 peck bag. I knew that I wanted to make some double batches of Apple Bread to freeze, my Aunt Daphne's New England Apple Pie, along with some other Fall treats, and that a 1/2 peck just wouldn't cut it. I sent the dutiful and ever-handsome husband into the Farm Stand to procure a larger bag. Clearly, I need to communicate better because by 'bigger bag' I meant, a peck, but to Mr. Juggling Act, that meant "the-biggest-bag-they-have-or-else-my-wife-will-think-I-wasn't-listening-again" bag. So that's how we ended up with a 1/2 peck and a 1/2 bushel of apples... but I digress...
The views at Apple Hill Farm were stunning, and they have this cool ski lift swing where all the families (and then the kiddos, too) posed for photos. As we bumped down the
hill mountain, the kids all had half eaten apples in their chubby hands and apple juice running down their chins. Back at the picnic tables, the Birthday Boy was serenaded by his friends while his mom passed out adorable cupcakes she'd decorated like apples, and
his dad handed out goodie bags with treats for the kids, and apple crisp
mix for the parents.
These photos are of my crisp made with the mix, which was delicious, by the way. But for you, dear readers, I'm including a recipe for my favorite Classic Apple Crisp.
Classic Apple Crisp
4 cups apples, chopped
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
Preheat the oven to 375-degrees. Peel, core and chop the apples into slices. We picked gala and honey crisp, so that's what we used. Lightly butter the inside of a baking dish, and dump all the apple slices into the dish.
In a small mixing bowl, cut the butter into the oats, sugar, flour, salt, and spices until it is a crumb-like consistency.
Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the apples (I like to tuck a little into the middle of the apple layers, too - YUM!
Bake for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and the apples are soft. We like ours warm with ice cream.
I guess the only thing more perfectly 'Fall' than apple picking is making (and eating!) apple crisp. I hope you have your own apple picking and eating adventures this Fall with the ones you love! Stay tuned this month for more delicious Fall recipes with pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and of course, apples!